Here’s How You Can Clean That Stained Pot Better

This 2-ingredient cleaning solution should get it right out!

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Burnt-on stains on your cookware are not just ugly. It can impart its charred flavor into the next batch of food you cook! 

It can happen to anyone but cleaning it can be the biggest hassle you may encounter when its your beloved cookware. The good news is that there are many ways of tackling this cookware problem. You can use any of these six methods: 

  1. 1. Boil water and scrub. 
  2. 2. Make a paste with baking soda and hot water and scrub with steel wool.   
  3. 3. Use foil as an alternative to steel wool. 
  4. 4. Mix baking soda and dishwashing soap. 
  5. 5. Let it soak then scrub with dishwashing soap. 
  6. 6. Use cream of tartar and water to clean aluminum cookware. 

There is one method however that some swear is the best and easiest way of cleaning stained cookware. If you use the baking soda paste method, you already know how effective it is on your cookware. 

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However, there are some stains that may be more stubborn than others that even this normally reliable paste can't clean it thoroughly. For the most stuck-on stain that refuses to budge, you need to do one more thing to make that baking soda paste more effective: boil it

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This is a method that Kitchn staff uses to clean their enamel-coated Dutch ovens which need a gentler solution to preserve the enamel coating of these pots. What's fantastic about this method is that it can work for almost any cookware, too. (It works on your stained dinnerware, too, if it can handle some being heated!)  

It's an easy, almost little fuss method, too! Here's how you do it:

  1. 1. Simmer 1 liter (4 cups) water in the stained pot or pan. 
  2. 2. Once simmering, add 2 tablespoons baking soda and simmer for a few minutes. 
  3. 3. Stir the pot, scrubbing the burnt-on stains, with a wooden or plastic spoon. (Using a nonabrasive utensil a prevents unnecessary scratches to the pot itself as you scrub.) 
  4. 4. Repeat simmering, stirring, and scrubbing until the burnt on stains are completely released from the bottom of the pot. 
  5. 5. Once clean, drain and let cool. Rinse and then wash the pot. (Cooling the pot prevents the shocking the pot with cold water and avoid causing it to warp.)   

Try it the next time you accidentally burn food in a pot and can't get the burnt food out. It's an effective cleaning tip that you need to try so it may save you from buying another pot or pan to replace your stained one. 

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